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ENRICO FAGONE
CONDUCTOR  &  DOUBLE BASS PLAYER  



“[….] "He has been defined by the classical music press as one of the most promising musicians at the international level. Even at his early age, the quality and experience of Enrico Fagone’s musical experience surpass the highest standards. (ranging from Martha Argerich to POP music) I am determined to back this statement.”[….]”. Z.G.CDT  18-03-2010. 

 He graduated cum laude at the conservatory ‘Giuseppe Nicolini’ of Piacenza (Italy) with Mº Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with internationally renowned masters including among others Franco Petracchi  and Klaus Stoll (Berliner Philharmoniker).In addition, he complimented his studies in Composition with Jorge Bosso and in Orchestral Conducting  at the "Claudio Abbado" school in Milan, and with Jorma Panula in Helsinki (Panula Academy).

Fagone is often invited as a Conductor and soloist all over the world, by numerous orchestras such as Dallas Symphony, Mendelsshon Chamber   Orchestra Youth Strings-England, Napa Valley Simphony,  I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,  Orchestra di  Padova e del Veneto,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Chamber Orchestra of Rosario, National Orchestra  of Paraguay, I Musici di Parma, Italian Ensemble-Teatro Bellini of Catania,  Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana,  I Virtuosi Italiani.


Recently Maestro Fagone was invited to conduct an important Gala concert - “Premio Falstaff 2017“ with high audience acclaim at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto-Parma (Birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi) with prominent vocalists; Vladimir Stoyanov ,Amarilli Nizza, and the Parma Opera-House Chorus. Performing the monumental repertoire of G. Verdi and G.Puccini.
In addition, he has performed Symphonic works in the Ristori Theater in Verona with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana. For his next International appearance; this upcoming April, Fagone will conduct the newly formed "Long Island Concert Orchestra" at the Patchogue Theatre in New York. Performing the works of Prokofiev.

 

Before commencing his conducting career, he had the opportunity to perform for fifteen years Symphonic and Opera Repertoire as a  Principal Double bass  of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and in some of the finest orchestras and theaters throughout the world. Such as the Orchestra-Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester,  Parma Opera Theater,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Festival Strings Lucerne,  Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia, Rome Opera Theater , NHK of Tokyo. In addition to this seasoned experience, he has made appearances with the most notable conductors of our time. Including, Lorin Mazeel, Myun-Whun Chung, Nello Santi, Christian Thielemann, Bernard Haitink and  Daniele Gatti. 

 

He is also a respected educator. Currently he maintains a large teaching studio at the Conservatory of Lugano in Switzerland. He regularly holds Courses and Master Classes worldwide in the most important institutions including; The Juilliard School, Manhattan school of Music (USA), Royal College of Music of  London (UK), IUNA of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Royal Danish Academy (Denmark), Toho Gakuen of Tokyo (Japan), and The Paris Conservatory  CNSMDP. (France)

 

Fagone is a staple performer in the most prestigious festivals worldwide, collaborating with Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Kathia and Marielle Labèque and countless others. His recording portfolio is vast with appearances on record labels EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Warner.

 

About him : 

“Enrico Fagone is an extraordinary musician!
Martha Argerich - Pianist 

 

“What a joy it was to perform with fantastic Enrico Fagone!  A true artist.”
Vadim Repin - Violinist

 

Enrico Fagone  is a wonderful musician with a lots of personality and charisma!
Katia&Marielle Labeque - Pianists

 

It would be a Joy and a beautiful experience to any Orchestra to work with M°Fagone as a conductor.  

Micheal Guttman  - Violinist

Enrico Fagone is a musician of absolute sensitivity and refinement. A director who breathes and supports his singers.

I hope to work with him again! It is always great fun and an honor to work together!  
Amarilli Nizza - Soprano 

 

“Enrico Fagone  tackles head on the incredibly difficult works of Giovanni Bottesini, displaying in agility on the fingerboard that deals comfortably with the fiendishly difficult outer of the B minor concerto”.
The Strad - Magazine

 

 

Since 2010, Fagone is an Ambassador of the Martha Argerich Presents Project in the world and since 2015  Artistic Director of the renowned  "Concorso Giovanni Bottesini" International Double Bass Competition.





Last Update January 2018 

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REVIEWS:


[..A few notes suffice to become enthralled by the charming sound of the double bass, particularly if played by a soloist like Enrico Fagone, as at last night’s concert in Lugano. This artist showed incredible agility on the fingerboard and, above all, great virtuosity in Concert N. 2 by Giovanni Bottesini with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and its conductor, Juraj Valcuha..]
Luca Segalla Radio Review RSI 24 - 03 - 2011


[...the public was easily carried away by four of the seven performers  (of Martha Argerich Presents Project), among them, the brilliant genius of Enrico Fagone stood out, incredibly agile and skilled in taking out sometimes soft, sometimes deep and sometimes dancing legatos of his double bass “speaking” to us with a extremely wide variety of inflexions, and in reaching – thanks to his perfect sense of the rhythm  – an appeasing symbiosis between gesture and sound.  His intense, creative and knowing performance with piano player Gabriele Baldocci has been memorable...]
Stephen Hastings Editor of the Magazine “Musica”:From the Italian Magazine “MUSICA” issued in September 2011 

 


[..At this stage of the soirée, a passionate interlude is a must and is promptly served by Koussevitzky’s music and the double bass solo player Enrico. Bent on his instrument as if he wishes to hug it (he strokes it, he shakes it, he comforts it), spellbound by the melodies of the Concerto for double bass and orchestra op.3 by Serge Koussevitzky. Fagone emphasizes all the qualities of the double bass (with this instrument’s mellow and emotionally powerful sound). After this interlude, highly cheered by the public, Enrico Fagone tackles head on and deals with a virtuosic and incredibly exciting doble by Piazzolla, dragging along both the orchestra and the public, so that the concert hall turns very much into a football stadium..] 
Fabrizio Tassi   Giornale “Libertà” Milano  23 - 09 - 2011


About his last  Cd Giovanni Bottesini duets:

From the Italian Classical Music Magazine “AMADEUS” issued in Sept. 2011
Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD IS GRANTED A 5 STAR AWARD 
[..Enrico Fagone performs with amazing bravura and great sensitivity of the musical breath, albeit in keeping with a sobriety devoid of any exhibitionistic tone of complacency and with a self-possessed mastery of his role: the blaze of  virtuosity is fully disclosed as a function of a crystal-clear thought in music…]
Cesare Fertonani


From the Italian Magazine “SUONARE NEWS” issued in May 2011
[..In Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD, solo players not only master their musical pieces with stunning brightness but also seem to be delighted at doing it..]
Angelo Foletto

 

English Specialized Magazine “THE STRAD ” issued in June 2011
[..G.Bottesini composed a series of the most incredibly difficult work for his instrument to demonstrate his vast superiority to all of those around him.  Today they remain a massive challenge, on that Enrico Fagone, principal double bass of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, tackles head on, displaying an agility on the fingerboard that deals comfortably with the fiendishly difficult outer movements of the B minor Concerto..] 
David Danton

 

From the Italian Magazine “CLASSIC VOICE” issued in August 2011
Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD IS GRANTED A 5 STAR AWARD 
[.. Nice Cd devoted to the “Paganini of the double bass”]
[..Excellent young performers ..]
Giancarlo Cerisola

 

From the Italian Magazine “MUSICA” issued in May 2011
Giovanni Bottesini duets’ CD IS GRANTED A 5 STAR AWARD 
[..the CD’s program opens up with the Secondo Concerto for double bass and orchestra, performed with extreme beauty of sound and intonation by the solo player Enrico Fagone..] [.. The impeccability of the technical quality of his performance being unquestionable, what really amazes is the great musical quality of his masterly interpretation..]
Riccardo Cassani

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